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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil Engineering Curriculum
Environmental Engineering Option
Construction Engineering and Management Option
Fluid Systems Engineering Option
Facilities
Courses

2205 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-3542; www.engr.wisc.edu/cee

Professors Russell (chair), Adams, Anderson, Andren, Bahia, Benson, Cramer, Edil, Hanna, Harrington, Hoopes, Noguera, Oliva, Park, Potter, Ran, Schauer, Wu; Associate Professors Fratta, McMahon, Noyce, Pincheira; Assistant Professors Guo, Loheide, Menassa, Schneider

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers an ABET-accredited B.S. degree in civil engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil and environmental engineering. The B.S. degree in civil engineering may be accompanied by an option in environmental engineering, fluid systems engineering, or in construction engineering and management.

Civil engineers have been and still are the builders of our world, involved in the planning of our cities, communities, and larger regional areas. They are responsible for the conception, design, and construction of public works such as highways, streets, bridges, drinking water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, drinking water and wastewater treatment plants, stormwater management systems, dams, reservoirs, power production, navigation and recreation, as well as the buildings, theaters, stadiums, factories and airports in which we live, work, and play.

The environment has long been the province and concern of civil engineers. Thus, civil engineers are continuously responding to society's ecological and environmental problems by joining with other engineers, as well as with physical, biological, chemical, and social scientists, to protect our natural resources and to create a sustainable physical and social environment for all people. Civil engineers are aware of the complexities of these problems and that they cannot merely focus on building and construction; they must understand the impact of engineering designs on society and the environment, and be prepared to play a vital role on interdisciplinary environmental teams.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a curriculum that provides a balanced program of technical and nontechnical courses to meet the needs of students interested in studying civil and environmental engineering. The curriculum includes basic courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, earth sciences, engineering sciences, as well as the fundamentals of civil engineering in the areas of structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction engineering and management, transportation engineering, land information and surveying, water resources engineering and environmental engineering. Students may then choose elective courses in multiple areas or specialize in one or more areas of interest. Also, the department cooperates with interdisciplinary programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including business, environmental studies, water resources management, oceanography and limnology, land resources, environmental monitoring, geological engineering, and environmental chemistry and technology.

In view of the increasing demands of modern technology, the traditional undergraduate curriculum can only offer the fundamentals of civil and environmental engineering to the student. Qualified undergraduates are encouraged to pursue the civil and environmental engineering master's degree program as a means of incorporating additional courses on engineering analysis, design, and synthesis into their academic studies.The undergraduate degree is also sufficiently broad to prepare students for advanced degrees in other fields such as law, medicine, public health, and business.

Civil Engineering Curriculum

The following curriculum applies to students who were admitted to the civil engineering degree program (classification changed to CEE) in Spring 2008 or later.

Summary of Requirements

Requirements, 128 credits

General College Requirements, 22 cr
Mathematics and Statistics, 9 cr
Natural Science, 11 cr
Engineering Science, 17 cr
Civil Engineering, 21 cr
Applied Engineering, 27 cr
Communication Skills, 5 cr
Liberal Studies, 16 cr

I. General College Requirements, 22 cr

Communications Part A, 2 cr
EMA 201 Statics, 3 cr
Chem 109 Advanced General Chemistry, 5 cr
Introduction to Engineering, 2 cr
Math 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry, 5 cr
Math 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry, 5 cr

II. Mathematics and Statistics, 9 cr

Math 234 Calculus—Functions of Several Variables, 3 cr
Statistics Elective, 3 cr
Advanced Mathematics Elective, 3 cr

III. Natural Science, 11 cr

Physics 202 General Physics, 5 cr
Geoscience Elective, 3 cr
Biology Elective, 3 cr

IV. Engineering Science, 17 cr

EMA 202 Dynamics, 3 cr
EMA 303 Mechanics of Materials, 3 cr
EMA 307 Mechanics of Materials Lab, 1 cr
CEE 310 Fluid Mechanics, 3 cr
CEE 340 Structural Analysis I, 4 cr
CEE 395 Materials for Constructed Facilities, 3 cr

V. Civil Engineering, 21 cr

ME 170 Civil Engineering Graphics, 2 cr
CEE 291 Problem Solving Using Computer Tools, 3 cr
CEE 311 Hydroscience, 3 cr
CEE 320 Environmental Engineering, 3 cr
CEE 330 Soil Mechanics, 4 cr
CEE 370 Transportation Engineering, 3 cr
CEE 498 Construction Project Management, 3 cr

VI. Applied Engineering, 27 cr

CEE 578 Senior Capstone Design, 4 cr
Preparatory Design Course, 3 cr
CEE Electives, 10 cr
Engineering Outside CEE, 3 cr
Technical/Natural Science Electives, 7 cr

VII. Communication Skills, 5 cr

Speech-Related Elective, 2 cr
Writing-Related Elective, 3 cr

VIII. Liberal Studies, 16 cr

See the College of Engineering Liberal Studies Guidelines. All liberal studies credits must be identified with the letter H, S, L, or Z. Language courses are acceptable without the letter and are considered humanities.  An economics elective and an environmental studies elective are required.

Note:See a CEE advisor and/or the CEE Curriculum Guide for additional information.

Environmental Engineering Option

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers an undergraduate option in environmental engineering. Students taking the environmental engineering option will earn an ABET-accredited B.S. degree in civil engineering. The transcript and graduate certificate will indicate the environmental engineering option.

Students pursuing the environmental engineering option take the same core courses in mathematics, natural sciences, engineering, communications, and liberal studies as do the other civil engineering students. The applied engineering requirements within the environmental engineering curriculum differ from those of CEE in that students are required to complete 9 credits with an emphasis in water resources, environmental fluid mechanics, environmental chemistry and biotechnology, water and wastewater treatment, geoenvironmental and hazardous wastes engineering, air pollution control engineering, or occupational health engineering.

Note: See a CEE advisor or the Environmental Engineering Option Curriculum Guide for specific requirements.

Construction Engineering and Management Option

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers an undergraduate option in construction engineering and management. Students taking the CEM Option will earn an ABET accredited BS degree in Civil Engineering. The transcript and graduate certificate will indicate the CEM option.

Students pursuing the CEM option take the same core courses in mathematics, natural sciences, engineering, communications, and liberal studies as do the other civil engineering students. The applied engineering requirements within the CEM curriculum differ from those of CEE in that students are required to complete two specified courses in construction management and two of four specified courses in the School of Business.  Students must also complete two 1-credit co-op or internship experiences.  The total number of credits required for the CEM option is 131 instead of 128.

Note: See a CEE advisor or the Construction Engineering and Management Option Curriculum Guide for specific requirements.

Fluid Systems Engineering Option

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers an undergraduate option in fluid systems engineering. Students taking the fluid systems option will earn an ABET-accredited B.S. degree in civil engineering. The transcript and graduate certificate will indicate the fluid systems engineering option.

Note: See a CEE advisor or the Fluid Systems Engineering Option Curriculum Guide for specific requirements.

Facilities

Facilities available include modern and fully equipped laboratories for instruction and research in the following areas:

Environmental Engineering
Fluid Mechanics
Geoengineering
Hydraulics
Data Acquisition and Analysis
Structures and Materials Testing
Transportation Engineering
Environmental Chemistry and Technology